Month: September 2004

  • robot ninja children built by geeks

    Last night’s dream was long and dramatic epic for such confusing complexity that although it all made sense at the time I cannot quite reconstruct it now. It was obviously a consequence of two hours sleep the night before, a thrilling weekend with Ailsa and some inevitable plagarism from the films I saw that night…

  • Mixing Memory

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  • Mummy’s little cinephile

    Today I was browsing the listings at http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films and I learned something new. I had never before encountered the concept of the ‘Parent And Baby Screening’ I am not surprised I hadn’t heard of it as I am very cine-ignorant but amazed at how widespread it is. And the sophistication of the little nippers. I…

  • The Essential Difference?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk…,937443,00.html Perhaps jealous of his cousins riches, Simon Baron Cohen seems to have given up doing real science and joined the Mars/Venus gold-rush. As far as I know he’s not yet writing for the Womens page of the Daily Mail, but his latest book ‘The Essential Difference’ can’t help the hype it was obviously designed…

  • magic knee

    the urbanites are onto the dreamwagon.. this thread I dreamt that I drove to scotland to visit harry potter’s school for a meeting with one of the teachers.. the whole place was a bit corporate and they were looking down on me for not being wizardic and much as I wanted a confrontation I couldn’t…

  • soops!

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    Waking up at seven am engulfed in acrid black smoke after an evening spent celebrating atheism made me think I may have offended the gods somewhere along the line. Actually, I kind of had a small kitchen fire! I had been drinking free wine courtesy of the lovely atheists at the New Humanist relaunch party.…

  • August 2004 Reading List

    Books I read this month: Le Ton beau de Marot – Douglas Hofstadter DH is the worst kind of nerd churned out by the American school system. A pathological need to over-achieve in every field and mistaking cleverness for wisdom. We all know him as a physics/computer science geek but here spends 700 pages trying…

  • The Nightmare of Saint Helena

    We went to the National Gallery on Sunday and while we didn’t see Quentin Blake or Rolf Harris we had a very good time. It is a cheap laugh to go to a free museum and make fun of the unintentionally humorous aspects of paintings universally considered priceless masterpieces by the worlds greatest artists, who…

  • big bang

    I’ve met a few muslims who seriously (tried to) use the big bang as ‘proof’ of the existence of god, using the First Cause (uncaused) argument. i was gobsmacked that anyone would still try this failed tactic.. Having god press the big red button to start the show is no sort of explanation whatsoever, if…

  • Dear Ailsa

    Dear Ailsa, Hello there, how’s your day going? I’m at work somewhat bored yet mysteriously energetic and fidgety 😉 What better way to occupy my idlenss than writing you a letter. One way would be to do the job that they pay me for but there are so many reasons why that’s a non starter,…

  • Sill Party

    thank you all for coming and turning up the temperature in our new abode.. it’s well toasty now.. 🙂 & with remarkably little damage, someone decided to smash a glass of redwine against the lightswitch in the hall but that was it and I reckon that was our polish guest who scared me when he…

  • Top Hole!

    Good Golf, it’s not often I have a good idea but wait til you hear this beauty. I want to open the world’s easiest golf course, it looks like a real course but it is cunningly designed to let any old idiot do really well. Most of the holes will be downhill, and the fairways…

  • life, the universe and everything

    just heard the first episode of the new HHGTTG.. it was great to have it back & obviously it is never going to be as good as the real thing but glad they’ve finally gone and done it. 😀 I think the biggest problem is that they’ve made too much use of modern techniques.. it’s…

  • stupid machine stole my money

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    these days it seems like even churches & public toilets have cash points. i don’t mind paying a small fee sometimes to find a machine where you wouldn’t otherwise have one but the fucking machine in the Windmill has blatently ripped me off twice.. it tells you it will charge you £1.50 so I ask…

  • go tell it to the mountain

    I’d quite like to blow up a mountain. It wouldn’t have to be a big one, but I’d like to blow the top clean off. I know why this is and can only assume yesterday’s news is a sign that Kim Il Sun shares my taste in puddings. There used to a chocolate sauce ice…